DRDO’s Missile Complex in Hyderabad renamed after Abdul Kalam
Defence Research Development Organisation’s (DRDO’s) Missile Complex in Hyderabad has been renamed as Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Missile Complex.
It was renamed after late President and Missile Man A P J Abdul Kalam on the occasion of his 84th birth anniversary in a ceremony presided by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
The function was held at the Research Centre Imarat (RCI). Dr Kalam was RCI’s Founder-Director and had steered it as a generator of critical missile technologies.
The Hyderabad Missile Complex is considered to be the brainchild of Dr Kalam. It comprises Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL), Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) and Research Centre Imarat.
Dr Kalam had joined Missile Complex in 1982 and was a part of it for nearly two decades. He was the 11th President of India and was in office from 2002 to 2007. During his stint as President he was popularly known as the People’s President. He is recipient of India’s highest civilian Award Bharat Ratna.